Anybody who grew up in Western Pennsylvania, worked in a mill or rooted for a football team called the "Steelers" might find it hard to believe, but there are more people in Pennsylvania working in the oil and gas industry than there are in the steel industry.
The Lawrence County commissioners are sharing $240,000 with 10 local agencies. The funds, available through the Marcellus Shale Act 13 Impact Fees, are collected through the Public Utility Commission from deep well drillers seeking natural gas.
Crawford County will make almost $500,000 from unconventional gas well impact fees available this year to local governments, public authorities, 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups and area-wide agencies like housing, recreation or community development.
Nearly four years after VNG.co set out to build a nationwide fueling network for compressed natural gas, the Bala Cynwyd company last week launched its first outlet: a single pump at a BP Station next to a Roosevelt Expressway on-ramp.
Finding work in the energy sector isn't a new concept for veterans, but there has been an increased interest in recent years due to the shale gas boom. Carl Dokter, a development manager with Fort Worth-based Range Resources, has seen this trend first hand.